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Your electronic talking circle Native America Calling is a live call-in program, linking public radio stations, the Internet and listeners together into a thought-provoking national conversation about issues specific to Native communities. Listener Call-In Line: 1-800-996-2848

Your electronic talking circle Native America Calling is a live call-in program, linking public radio stations, the Internet and listeners together into a thought-provoking national conversation about issues specific to Native communities. Listener Call-In Line: 1-800-996-2848

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Anchorage, AK

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Your electronic talking circle Native America Calling is a live call-in program, linking public radio stations, the Internet and listeners together into a thought-provoking national conversation about issues specific to Native communities. Listener Call-In Line: 1-800-996-2848

Language:

English

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4401 Lomas Blvd NE Suite C Albuquerque, NM 87110 5059992444


Episodes

02-28-20 February in the news

2/28/2020
The Spokane Tribe will now get a share of the profits from the Grand Coulee Dam for lands, home and sacred places lost because of flooding. Also Native voting rights activists are claiming victory after a lawsuit settlement in North Dakota that dispenses with the physical address requirement on I.D.s in order to vote. Those stories and more with our regular news round up.

Duration:00:56:29

02-27-20 Music Maker: Alex FireThunder

2/27/2020
Oglala Lakota language teacher Alex FireThunder understands the power of Indigenous words. His album “Love for the Land” is a chapter in the language revitalization movement that puts his Lakota language at the heart of his creativity and compositions. Our February Music Maker unpacks his musical influences and cultural inspirations which are making this album come to life.

Duration:00:56:29

02-26-20 Haka and cultural appropriation

2/26/2020
A Brazilian motivational speaker is facing some backlash for including haka in his programming. He’s not Maori, but uses the traditional Maori dance that he says he learned from videos. He’s one of several Brazilian companies criticized for using haka in corporate retreats. The Maori ceremonial dance is accompanied by chanting and intimidating postures and facial expressions. Modern presentations of it include important events like weddings and funerals and some sports teams perform haka...

Duration:00:56:29

02-25-20 High food costs in the north

2/25/2020
Can you imagine paying $11 for a package of bologna or $69 for a dozen blueberry muffins? Those are prices reported by members of a Facebook group that tracks food costs in northern Canada. A 2016 food security study found that people in northern Canada spend twice as much on food compared to less remote areas. One nonprofit is experimenting with growing vegetables in shipping containers powered by wind and solar collectors. It’s one possible solution to food insecurity and high costs in...

Duration:00:56:29

02-24-20 The continuing Wet'suwet'en pipeline dispute

2/24/2020
After an initial effort to arrest protesters, the RCMP have withdrawn their actions to clear blockades on Wet’suwet’en territory in British Columbia. The new strategy comes as protests sympathetic to the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs ignited elsewhere in Canada, including a blockade of rail traffic in Ontario by members of a Mohawk tribe that has severely disrupted commerce throughout the country. At the heart of the conflict is construction of the Costal GasLink pipeline, which has support...

Duration:00:56:29

02-21-20 The Trump Administration takes on human trafficking

2/21/2020
President Trump’s new executive order establishes a White House level position dedicated to fighting human trafficking. His administration reports the federal government is spending $430 million to fight trafficking domestically and abroad. Several states also have on-going initiatives to try and get a handle on the problem. Native Americans—especially women—disproportionately fall victim to sex trafficking. We’ll hear from representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice and others about...

Duration:00:56:29

02-20-20 The coronavirus threat

2/20/2020
Despite capturing headlines around the world, the Wuhan novel coronavirus poses little threat so far to people living in the U.S. But a top public health official warns it’s likely the infection will eventually take hold in this country. The Navajo Nation advised its citizens to take precautions and be on the lookout for people showing symptoms. The Seattle Indian Health Board says it’s monitoring for patients who might be at risk. We’ll put some perspective on the coronavirus scare and get...

Duration:00:56:29

02-19-20 NEPA changes looming

2/19/2020
The Trump Administration is proposing major changes to the 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act. NEPA requires projects on federal land to undergo environmental reviews determining the impact to land and water. It’s the law that regulates projects like oil pipelines and mines. Those industries complain the law creates costly and time-consuming delays. We’ll hear about how tribes are responding to the proposed changes.

Duration:00:56:29

02-18-20 Indigenous language program road trip

2/18/2020
The tools for Native language programs are constantly evolving. They include the proven methods of immersion schools, camps and workshops. Some tribes are also incorporating apps, podcasts and social media to get the word out. We’ll take a tour of some of the innovative ways tribes are reaching out to potential language learners.

Duration:00:56:29

02-17-20 Oklahoma’s tribal jurisdiction problem

2/17/2020
Another Oklahoma criminal case has potential jurisdiction implications for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and other tribes in the state. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed the hear the case involving a Muscogee man who asserts he should have been tried in federal court rather than state district court because the crime happened within historical Creek boundaries. A decision potentially has far-reaching implications, not least of which are the hundreds of past convictions of Native citizens. It’s the...

Duration:00:56:29

02-14-20 Native songs of love

2/14/2020
It can be a big leap to show that special someone how deep your affection runs or to ask to share a life together. On this Valentine’s Day we explore showing these desires through song. Some Native nations simply call them courting songs and they are often played on the Native American flute. They’re meant to express deep emotions. We’ll hear how different nations turn to songs to start and build strong unions.

Duration:00:56:29

02-13-20 Book of the Month: “The Cheyenne Story: An Interpretation of Courage” by Gerry Robinson

2/13/2020
We look at the personal and emotional side of Cheyenne history though the fictional work of Northern Cheyenne author Gerry Robinson. “The Cheyenne Story: an Interpretation of Courage” is set in the time after the Battle of the Little Bighorn when Robinson’s people were pushed to Oklahoma. Our February Book of the Month allows us to walk along this side of Native History.

Duration:00:56:29

02-12-20 A good new home

2/12/2020
Before homeless Native young people can thrive, they need to heal and a secure base of culture and safety to build on. That’s what the Ain Dah Yung (Our Home) Center in Minnesota’s Twin Cities hopes to provide. They offer an emergency shelter for children as young as five and temporary transitional housing for teens. They also just opened the Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung Center (Good New Home) to offer permanent housing aimed at helping Native homeless for 18-24 year olds. The $17 million project...

Duration:00:56:29

02-11-20 Disenrollments on the rise?

2/11/2020
Removing long-standing members from tribal rolls appears to be picking up after a brief lull. It’s a controversial practice. So much so that opponents established an annual “Stop Disenrollment Day” to call attention to the harm it causes. Some disenrolled members trace their identity to their tribes for generations. Tribal leaders defend their actions as an effort to purge their membership of those who don’t belong. We’ll get observations on current disenrollment trends and some of the...

Duration:00:56:29

02-10-20 The State of Indian Nations

2/10/2020
Climate change, missing and murdered Indigenous women, and challenges to the Indian Child Welfare Act are all significant issues on the minds of Native Americans heading into 2020. Fawn Sharp (Quinault), newly elected president of the National Congress of American Indians, gives her take on the key triumphs, opportunities and threats facing Native people in her first State of Indian Nation address. We’ll bring you the full speech and the congressional response.

Duration:00:56:29

02-07-20 Tax scam self-defense

2/7/2020
It’s time again to start thinking about doing your taxes. And the schemes to separate you from your tax refund are already gearing up. Some are perfectly legal. Commercial tax preparers offer loans in advance of your tax refund, but they might come with high interest rates or steep fees. Most people are eligible for free online tax programs, but ProPublica found the companies often steer customers toward premium services that cost money. Other schemes are illegal. The Federal Trade...

Duration:00:56:29

02-06-20 The weight loss surgery decision

2/6/2020
Getting surgery to lose weight is a drastic step, but may be necessary for some people struggling with severe obesity. Native American adults are 50 percent more likely to be obese than whites according to the Office of Minority Health. There are four types of weight loss surgery, each with their own risks and benefits. In this hour we’ll talk with experts about why someone might choose to go this route and the benefits and risks.

Duration:00:56:29

02-05-20 Beavers: environmental architects

2/5/2020
To preserve salmon habitat, the Tulalip Tribe is relocating beavers to create wetlands with their dams. Native youth in a project with Blackfeet Tribe learn how beavers naturally restore waterways through an Indigenous scientific lens. Beavers and their dams can drastically change landscapes. They are important to many tribes who see them as architects, teachers and a valuable resource.

Duration:00:56:29

02-04-20 Freshmen power

2/4/2020
Many Native college freshman have their first semester behind them and are getting back in the groove for the rest of the school year. We’ll check in with some students about how their transition to college life is going and get some help from education experts about what kind of support students need to sustain their momentum.

Duration:00:56:29

02-03-20 Native women's art exhibition goes national

2/3/2020
“Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists,” an art exhibit celebrating the artistic contributions of Native women, is taking a tour across the country with upcoming stops in Washington, D.C. and Tulsa this year. The exhibit includes over 100 pieces from women of different tribes and from different times. We’ll talk with the curators and some of the artists about how women are a driving force in the art world.

Duration:00:56:29